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April 24 Writer Birthdays

Trollope - Barchester TowersApril 24 Writer Birthdays


  • 1815 - Anthony Trollope, popular Victorian-era novelist, known for books set in fictional Barsetshire.

  • 1845 - Carl Spitteler, Nobel Prize-winning Swiss poet who also wrote as Carl Felix Tandem.

  • 1862 - A.C. Benson, English essayist, poet, author & educator.

  • 1900 - Elizabeth Goudge, English author of novels & children's books.

  • 1905 - Robert Penn Warren, American novelist & poet; winner of three Pulitzer Prizes; the only person ever to have won for both poetry & prose. Best known for his novel, All the King's Men, ranked by Modern Library as the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century.

  • 1908 - George Oppen, American poet & Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • 1911 - Evaline Ness, Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author & illustrator.

  • 1923 - Doris Burn, American children's book author & Illustrator.

  • 1924 - Sir Clement Freud, German-born English writer, politician, broadcaster & chef, known for the children's book Grimble; grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He married June Flewett, who was C.S. Lewis's inspiration for the character Lucy in the Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 1934 - Shirley MacLaine, Oscar & Emmy Award-winning American actress, and author of new-age autobiographies; her brother is actor/director Warren Beatty.

  • 1939 - Brian Garfield, American novelist, nonfiction writer & screenwriter who has also used pen names Brian Wynne & Frank Wynne.

  • 1940 - Sue Grafton, bestselling American novelist known especially for her "alphabet mysteries."

  • 1953 - Eric Bogosian, playwright & novelist.

  • 1970 - Simone Elkeles, author of teen romances.

  • 1973 - Damon Lindelof, screenwriter & producer best known as head writer for the TV show Lost and as writer of Star Trek Into Darkness.

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